Financial Assistance for Conservation Opportunities

Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District provides agriculture program assistance to farms through an annual allocation of funds from the state of NC for several cost share programs that benefit rural landowners: the Agriculture Cost Share Program (ACSP), Agriculture Water Resource Assistance Program (AgWRAP), and the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP). Funds are for program year 2017 that began on July 1, 2016.

ACSP

ACSP for non-point source pollution control funds are available to landowners and operators to install conservation practices such as livestock exclusion from waterways, animal waste management systems, livestock watering systems and cropland conversion to grass or trees. The district received $59,067 in agricultural cost share funds for this program year. The district also received $12,319 in Impaired and Impacted Stream funds that can be used on selected watersheds. Call 704-920-3301 for more information.

AgWRAP

The district also received $9,677 in AgWRAP projects that increase water storage capacity on farms. The state-level Division of Soil and Water Conservation also has a regional application with batching periods in September and January for larger agriculture water quantity projects. Call 704-920-3301 for more information.

CCAP

The district received $5,617 to address projects related to stormwater runoff control and well closures. Call 704-920-3303 for more information.

The district also received $40,000 for water quality projects in select watersheds to be spent over a five year period.

Reimbursement for most conservation practices through these cost share programs is 75 percent of predetermined average costs. Due to limited funds, interested persons should contact the Conservation District as soon as possible so their applications can be ranked for possible funding.

Federal funds are also available for agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources through a cost-share program called Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Call 704-788-2107 for more information.

Available Resources

Did you know that there are excellent mapping and identification resources readily available on the Internet?

Did you know that Cabarrus County has information available locally regarding Flood Insurance Rate Maps, rules for building in the floodplain and protecting property from flood damage?

Here are some local resources and where to find them:

  • Adopted FEMA FIRMs are available at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center (65 Church St. S., Concord) in the Planning and Development Department during normal business hours.
  • Publications related to flooding, construction and living near rivers, streams and floodplains are available at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center. The Cabarrus County Library Concord Branch also has materials available for check out.
  • FEMA elevation certificates for buildings constructed in the floodplain (in unincorporated Cabarrus County) are available in the Planning and Development Department for review during normal business hours.
  • The North Carolina Building Code,which regulates local construction, incorporates flood-resistant standards for residential and commercial development.  
  • Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning staff can assist you with property inquiries.
  • Cabarrus County Construction Standards staff can help you with questions about the building code and technical construction standards.

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Ways to stay informed about weather that may cause flooding: 

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